No one doubts the tremendous influence of Frank Miller on the comic world, not to mention the world of comic book films, so when Miller talks about putting pen to page for a major comic book character, people tend to listen. During a recent “Ask Me Anything” forum on Reddit, amongst the numerous things asked of Miller, was a question about what major comic book character that the writer and artist would like to author. Considering Miller’s seminal runs on Daredevil and Batman, it’s an intriguing proposition, so who does Miller want to write for?
Here’s what Miller had to say during his Reddit AMA:
Again, I get back to Captain America, because I find him such a wonderful anachronism. And also, I feel that he features virtues that my country has either lost or misplaced for a very long time. Especially at a time when the country is so clearly threatened, a hero like that is outstanding. I remember telling people at Marvel, just a few days after 9/11, that I hoped they realized what they had there, because Captain America’s reaction to 9/11 would have been pretty direct.
In looking for a yay or nay vote from Marvel as to whether or not a Miller-written Captain America book was possible, The Hollywood Reporter noted on the Formspring a statement from Marvel Comics’ executive editor Tom Brevoort:
So far as I know, Frank has never spoken about this desire with anybody at Marvel. We’d certainly be interested in the abstract, depending on what story he’d want to tell. (I don’t think, for example, we’d have gone ahead with HOLY TERROR as a Captain America story.)
To which a grateful nation breathes a sigh of relief. No doubt that Miller is talented, but he seems to have gone a bit off the apple cart post-9/11, and Holy Terror, which was initially a Batman book until Miller decided it wasn’t, and when the book finally came out, it was deemed by many to be Islamophobic. Miller’s last straight-up superhero book, All Star Batman & Robin: The Boy Wonder was also hardly well-received although it did give birth to a famous internet meme. For those reasons, it seems kind of unlikely that Marvel might entrust one of their multimedia all stars with Miller is his current artistic oeuvre, but who am I to judge?
What do you Bastards think? Wanna read a Frank Miller Cap book?